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CSPAN
May 10, 2012 5:00pm EDT
jobs bills that are sitting in the united states senate. he can start by putting americans to work by aproviding the keystone pipeline. he could do something about sky high gas prices by increasing american energy production and he could empower small businesses by cutting red tape and reempleg the regulatory process. he could deal with our crippling debt by encouraging democrats to pass a duj et. look, we want to work with the president, but it's about time that he gets serious, focused on jobs, focused on our economy and enough with the gimmicks. >>. [ inaudible ] >> doing a very good job. i do believe when it comes to fast and furious, we've got to get to the bottom of what happened and who's responsible. and the committee is doing that and i'm supporting their efforts. >> does that mean you are sea supporting -- he is in the process of right now writing a resolution you're supporting a resolution. >> i'm supporting in their efforts to hold those people in the department of justice accountable for what happened. the committee has work to do. they know what they have to do. they're
CSPAN
May 10, 2012 6:00pm EDT
united states needs to work in concert with our allies. we need to work in concert particularly with those countries in the united nations that form with us the p-5. russia i think shares the goal. i won't speak for sergei. i think i will let them speak. i think they share the goal of stability and an end to violence. we share a strategic vision of what's happening in syria, but we've had some disagreement on the tactics that we should take to bring that about. we are committed to continuing to do everything in our power to end the violence, to see an orderly succession take place. we have made very clear we think president asad's time has come and gone, and we hope very, very much through the dialog we've had with russia and with our other partners in new york, that we will continue to find ways to hasten that kind of change in transition so that the people in syria can live normal lives free from violence. >> i will add to that that we want violence ceased. we want political dialog of all the signs in syria to be engaging and successful because we do not believe that anybody in was
CSPAN
May 10, 2012 5:30pm EDT
one, russia is going to become a member of the wto this year. two, whether the united states graduates russia from jackson vannic or not, and therefore, three, the sooner the united states can move ahead with our own process so that we can fully take advantage of the, of russia's joining, becoming a member of the wto, the better. that's sort of the short version. the slightly longer version is that it's somewhat more complicated than all this, as we know with implications for the various actors and i would begin by offering principle kudos and congratulations to the u.s. business community which has been up on capitol hill day in and day out making the case why it is in the interest of the united states as well as russia for them to join the wto. it is much in the interest of u.s. produced manufactured goods, agricultural exporters, servic services exporters, for russia to lower its bear yars to trade, for there to be dispute resolution enforcement opportunities, for those of you familiar with a remember site known as global trade alerts, the g-20 in november of 2008 at the front end o
SFGTV2
May 10, 2012 2:00am PDT
turns out if you look at the successful record of immigrants to the united states, whether skilled or unskilled, documented or undocumented, across the last 200 years and particularly in the last 25 years and with the great renaissance of data that we now have at our disposal to analyze more clearly the impact of all types of immigration from 1990 forward, we realize that immigrants, again, skilled and unskilled, lawful and undocumented, bring to the effort of community building and business building and economy building something that is moderately intangible for now. if we work at it for a few more years it will be tangible and we will be able to quantify part of it. it's something that represents itself in generational achievement both for those immigrants who arrive, who form small businesses at a rate which is disproportionately higher than native-born citizens, for their children that in turn achieve at a level that is higher on average than the children of native-born citizens, not to disparage those who come from the united states or come from long lines of families that come
CSPAN
May 10, 2012 4:30pm EDT
been in existence since the since congress of the united states, was thrown out the window. and as a result, our secured creditors, it happened to be not just teachers, but -- i'm sorry, not just police officers, but retired teachers here in indiana, had their property ripped away from them. in an unprecedented way. and in that case, i did file a lawsuit. we went to the united states supreme court, first time they failed to take the case, the second time we went back, they ultimately ruled in our favor by vacating the earlier court's decision. >> is the auto bailout of 2010 different than when chrysler got bailed out and dick lukerr luge was part of the 1978 bailout, i think it was in 1978, was that a different situation? >> yeah, it was a totally different situation in the financial structure of the deal. there the united states government stepped in to offer loan guarantees. in this case, in the chrysler and ultimately the gm case, as well, although indiana was not involved in the gm bankruptcy, it was a totally different deal. because secured creditors, and not to go too much in t
CSPAN
May 10, 2012 2:00pm EDT
their very eyes. the president of the united states advancing civil rights in our country. with his statement. his statement was spoke to the values of our family, the values of our faith and the values of our country. it was moving. it was historic, and it was a great day for our country. it honors the ideal of kuwaitqu which is the hope and the heritage of our country. today on the floor of the house we will see a debate on the budget, which clearly defines the values and vision of the democratic party and the republican party. i wish that this were a statement that we could come together on, on what our priorities are for the education of our children, job creation for our workers, retirement and health security for our seniors, safety in our neighborhoods and our the air our children breathe and security for our country, all done in fiscal sound way, not partisan or political about that. instead except of finding that we find two different paths in this p these budgets. one that says we choose millionaires over the middle class. the republican budget. one that undermines our chi
SFGTV2
May 10, 2012 2:30am PDT
the last 15 years, 25% of publicly traded companies in the united states are essentially from the bay area region and one out of four was started by an immigrant. we have great data on this because it's all transparent. you can look it up. you can tabulate it. it's all a list of companies that we own, from google to intel, we know these companies. here is what you don't know but you kind of know if you just look around. in the next two years, we'll have much better data on. that is at the small and medium sized, it turns out that same disproportionate effort of immigrants forming businesses that by the way small businesses are what employ people and grow the economy, immigrants form a disproportionate number of those businesses. we know that what does that mean? well, i think you already know the story about why a good person will think immigration is a good idea and why a smart government will welcome as many people based on the success of its history, but maybe what you can take away from this is that even if you're not a good person, even if you're not into happy people and cultura
CSPAN
May 10, 2012 3:00pm EDT
first amendment in the united states and public policy relating to the press. so that's where -- that's sort of my lode stone as i think about this. i've also been connected to the press in a variety of ways, including my father owning, running a small newspaper. and i sit on the board of the "washington post" companies. i've watched the evolution of the press from about one where there was a monopoly or at best an oligopoly. and i think to the credit of journalists and press institutions, those very favorable and privileged positions in the country were utilized to deepen the quality of journalism. so many of the great journalistic institutions we have in the united states -- "washington post," "new york times," so on -- really developed their expertise in areas of law and science and medicine and economics in the 1970s and '80s as monopoly profits, as it were, made it possible to do that. of course, the internet has undermined that profitability. and one of the consequences of this, a very sad consequence, is the decline in foreign coverage, foreign news. the closing of bure
CNN
May 10, 2012 4:00pm EDT
. ...the united states would be on that list. in 25th place. let's raise academic standards across the nation. let's get back to the head of the class. let's solve this. >>> jack cafferty is here with "the cafferty file." jack? >> wolf, president obama's support for same-sex marriage is sure to fire up parts of the liberal base it could alienate other parts including black voters. in other words, backing gay marriage might be a risky proposition for the president in an election year when it comes to one of the core voting blocs. in 2008, you'll recall african-americans were crucial in making this president the first black president. 96% of black voters supported obama and they made up 13% of the electorate. fast forward four years approximately while polls suggest america on the whole is moving toward supporting same-sex marriage. nbc-washington post voting say 56 are opposed to it and this opposition from blacks could hurt the president especially in the south. just this week, north killer carol blacks voted two to one in favor of an amendment in that state banning gay marriage. unani
LINKTV
May 10, 2012 3:00pm PDT
erased from the national scene? in the southeastern part of the united states, up until well into the 20th century, this was an area that had malaria. there was a lot of concern that as soldiers returned from areas, particularly in the pacific, which were high-incidence areas for malaria, that as they came back to military bases in the southeast, that there was a possibility that they would reintroduce malaria into the mosquito populations around those military bases, and so a little unit was established in atlanta, being that it was the largest city in the southeast, to make sure that those mosquito populations were kept under control around the military bases, so that malaria wouldn't come back in this part of the country. and the way you control it, and the way we did in this country, was you got to get rid of the mosquito vector. that takes a sophisticated... well, it takes an organized community effort. the chinese did that in southern china. many places around the world have had malaria problems-- brazil-- that they've brought under control. not so in africa. eradication efforts
MSNBC
May 10, 2012 1:00am EDT
>> at 3:00 this afternoon -- >> he now fully supports marriage for same-sex couples. >> the first president in american history -- >> we've talked about the president on gay marriage. >> what is the president waiting for? >> just show your true colors. >> stop saying your position is evolving. >> let the political chips fall where they man. >> man up and say this is what i believe. >> my feelings about this are constantly evolving. i struggle with this. >> today, the president told abc news -- >> he supports same-sex marriage. >> i think same-sex couples should be able to get married. >> gay couples should be able to marry. >> should be able to get married. >> the vice president i think forced his hand. >> men marrying men, women marrying women, i am absolutely comfortable. >> huge political risks taking this position. >> 32 times since 1998, gay marriage come up for a vote. 32 times, anti gay marriage advocates have won. >> mitt romney does not. >> marriage is a relationship between a man and woman. >> pink smoke coming from the white house chimney. >> and i don't favor civil union or gay marriage. >> if republicans make it an issue. >> they will pound this thing. >> they will go hard. >> karl rove will gnaw on this bone until election night. >> the first president in american history. >> historic news. >> historic news, and it was the right thing to do. >> the president of the united states today chose an interview with robin roberts to make news and to make history. >> over the course of several years as i talked to friends and family and neighbors, when i think about members of my own staff who are incredibly committed, monogamous relationships, same-sex relationships, raising kids together, when i think about those soldiers or airmen or marines or sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf, and yet feel constrainted, even now that don't ask, don't tell is gone, because they are not able to commit themselves in a marriage, at a certain point i just concluded that for me personally, it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that i think same-sex couples should be able to get married. >> white house officials are leaking a background story that sounds like the stuff of fiction and just may be. as the story goes, the president planned to announce his support for marriage equality sometime before the democratic national convention in september, but then vice president biden said this on "meet the press." >> i am absolutely comfortable with the fact that men marrying men, women marrying women, and heterosexual men and women, entitled to the same exact rights. >> this made the political story of the week and according to the white house story that put pressure on the president to clarify his position today. the president said to no one's surprise, the first lady shares his support for marriage equality, and he added the personal note, that this is an area where the kids can help the parents see what's right. >> malia and sasha, it wouldn't dawn on them that somehow their friends' parents would be treated differently. it doesn't make sense to them, and, frankly, that's the kind of thing that prompts a change of perspective. >> joining me now is crystal baldwin, doran warren, assistant professor of political science at columbia university and keith boykin, b.e.t..com columnist and author of four books on race and sexual orientation and law school classmate of president obama. thank you, all, for joining me tonight. that last note about his children, it echoes with me, because my daughter has grown approximate up in santa monica and has known really since she could talk, children of same-sex couples and through their eyes, there is nothing strange about this now, i don't think that's necessarily a common parenting experience in this country. depends on zip code and it made perfect sense to me to hear the president use that as a way of explaining his own evolution on this. >> i totally agree, and i think it makes since to a lot of americans as well. i think about it from my own perspective. barely more than a toddler now. who knows who she will be, who she will love when she grows up. i want her to have full rights and equality under the law. my mom is a preschool teacher, she has kids in their preschool that have same-sex mommies and daddies. i think a lot of americans understand his evolution. they are evolving in the same way. >> keith, place this statement today in its context on in our history. >> this the first time any president has come out in favor of same-sex marriage. i remember being in the oval office in 1993, in the first year of bill clinton. i remember asking him what he thought he would be remembered for? lifting the ban on gays in the military and health care. this is a sea change on where america is. and it's a big deal as biden would say. >> and dorian, in that clinton white house in 1996, the president signed the defense of marriage act, which, by the way, was relatively noncontroversial, it passed the senate with 85 votes, only 14 democrats voting against it, the president was basically -- if he hadn't signed it, they could have overwritten his veto that's what the last democratic president did. >> we're a long way from the mid '90s, when you now have the mainstream position is to support marriage equality. that's a huge leap in a short amount of time. the president should be applauded. his evolution of personal beliefs is very important. but there is still a lot of work to be done in translating personal beliefs in the public policy this is now 30 states, ban gay marriage, the president said it's a states rights issue. there is still room to push him. and i think all credit should be given to the ljbt activist community. they were ferocious and kept the pressure on. >> i want to read something that was posted, who worked for president obama a long time on these issues. wow, this is an important moment in civil rights history. it's also an important moment in political history in which the lesson for the gay community and perhaps for anyone advocating for change is that words are important, and to your point, but we have to insist on action from our friends. >> that's absolutely right. and, in fact, the president said repeatedly, i want you all to push me on this. i want you to push me. and, look, i'm someone who has been really defending the president because his record of accomplishment in office is quite incredible on what he's already done to push for the goal of equality, but absolutely i think raising those voices and putting on that pressure was important and to that point, going forward, we'll all be pondering what's the political consequence? the political consequence is entirely depend on how those of us who support equality behave. do we go out and work and make this issue a political winner? or sit back and let the other side take the initiative and use this issue as a wedge? i think we have it in our control to go out and work and make this a winner in november. >> this is the big problem with the democratic party over the areas. i think we have failed to articulate what our vision is and stand by it. whenever we get into controversy, democrats back off and pretend like we don't believe what we believe. ist finally time to see a democrat like president obama to say, yes, i believe this, i will stand up and defend it republicans have been doing this for decades, it's about time democrats start catching up. >> a lot of talk about the timing of this thing, and people in the white house saying, biden surprised us, i have known joe biden a long time, i have a feeling for when he's speaking off the cuff and when he's unauthorized, and a strong feeling for when he's authorized. the way he spoke on "meet the press" was very deliberate. i don't think anyone in the white house is surprised. another cabinet member came on the next morning on this network and clear all their comment with the white house before they go on and then the president in this perfectly -- the flow of the story this week, creates the climax, and then the story is, oh, yeah, he was going to do it maybe like sometime in august. it doesn't make any sense to me that they would have done this in august if they were going to do it, and endure months of complaint about not doing it. i'm not buying this was sort of took us by surprise this week. >> even if it took them by surprise, they knew by friday evening what vice president biden had said. he tape thad interview friday. so they had all weekend to figure out what their strategy was. i think what's really important, they knew the north carolina votes would question in favor of the ban on same-sex marriage and knew somebody would have to say something i don't known the president was going to come out before the election, but with north carolina banning marriage equality essentially and then the democratic party and the president knowing that the convention is going to be held in north carolina. they already have labor leaders pissed off about having the convention in a right to work state. they can't have two core groups mad at them. >> i wrote something, and i says president obama supports same-sex marriage. i believe it in my heart. i can't prove it, but i thb is the case. three minutes later, the abc interview came out and i had to go and revise my article. i didn't think he was going to come out and say it this soon. i'm glad he did. i think they realized consequences aren't going to be that dire. 57% of independents support same-sex marriage. and black people, not supporting barack obama because of this issue? that's a pipe dream. there has never been a single black candidate, elected official, lost office for supporting same-sex marriage. it won't happen to the first african-american president of the united states. no way blacks will abandon obama on this issue. >> i don't mean to knock abc news. they showed the great interview, and a man on the street and a black voter said i really don't like this, and they cut. and i'm screaming at the tv, ask him who he would vote for. >> that's exactly right. do we really believe this will be the issue that really anyone is going to vote on? anyone who is going to determine this election in the fall? if african-americans were voting on marriage equality, they wouldn't already be backing so many democrats. but i don't want to lose sight of the fact that this is a politically courageous decision. if you look at the polling in swing states, it's still very tough. >> very narrow, very tough. >> in north carolina, this thing went down in flames by 20 points. we shouldn't undercut this is a bold move, a show of leadership, courageous, unprecedented. i think personally we can use it, that it will generate a lot of enthusiasm among young voters who may have been a bit apathetic. i think it reinvigorates them, we should not forget this was not a politically expedient move this is a tough sell still. >> a quick last word. >> i think president obama can put a pen behind his words, signing executive order banning discrimination against gay and lesbians when it comes to federal contracting. and can support a platform this august around marriage equality there are tangible things beside saying is he personally in favor. >> thank you, krystal ball, dorian warren, and keith boykins. >> thank you >>> rush limbaugh says that president obama's statement is -- what else? a war on marriage. the politics of marriage, coming up. but one host at fox news shocked his viewers by saying president obama is on the right side of history. guess which fox news host said this? sense guesses quickly on twitter, the answer will be in the rewrite. don't get me wrong, i love the french. french fries i love, french kissing. they lost me at the french press. i don't want a plunger anywhere near my coffee. not in my house. with maxwell house french roast, you just sit back and you let gravity do the work. right? i hate to ask... 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[ male announcer ] the all-new subaru impreza. experience love that lasts. ♪ >>> our own howard fineman in romney campaign headquarters today when president obama made his announcement in support of marriage equality. howard will tell us what the romney campaign's response is. >>> and two north carolina women who have been together 45 years will share their reaction to the north carolina vote to ban marriage equality and today's announcement by the president. they will share that, along with zack walls, who will give us his reaction and both of his mother's reactions. and the rewrite tonight, the fox news host who says president obama is on the right side of history. coming up. ♪ ♪ what started as a whisper every day, millions of people choose to do the right thing. there's an insurance company that does that, too. liberty mutual insurance. responsibility. what's your policy? >>> so now we have the president of the united states leading a war on traditional marriage. is it going to be like the war on stay at homeworking mothers that you people have led? is it going to be like the war on the catholic church that you people have led? and people like me who are minding their own business have to stand up and defend these institutions and traditions from people like you, and the president who is waging war on traditional america? >> people like rush, who are minding their own business. joining me now are author of "who is afraid of post blackness." jonathan capehart. and richard wolf. your tweets, to put it mildly, are you concerned about what this means for the president politicly and for the african-american vote. >> i am. i was blown away by the gesture. this is an historic moment. if the arc of history bends toward justice, we're seeing get toward the top of the arc i think. but we have most of the states in america are -- have amendments against gay marriage. we're not making the turn just yet. i am a little concerned about what will happen with the gay community. takely important stittwednesda constituency for the president. there is hopo phobia around america. 55% of black are telling people they are against gay marriage, and 55% of whites are for gay marriage. i wonder if this will not create a crisis of conscience for some voters who were supportives obama above brrr and do i need the brother to be re-elected and what we talk about on sunday aside? or i got my god, my bible, my minister and we've been talking about this for years, and i need to speak about this. i don't think they need to go to mitt romney, maybe they don't send in the $100 last time. maybe they don't knock on doors like they did last time. >> jonathan capehart, do you share that concern in that analysis? >> no, i don't. african-americans went overwhelmingly in california in prop 8, went to barack obama, but 58% of the african-american vote voted for proposition 8 which banned gay marriage in california. i think what we're going to see is african-americans doing the same thing again meaning no matter what this president does, the african-american community overwhelmingly is going to vote for him. keeping the first african-american president of the united states is office, trumps anything i think -- anything any emotions, any discomfort they might have on -- on the president taking this very courageous stand in -- for equality. i just -- i mean, toure and i are friends, i respect him, but this is one area, and he's not the first person to say this, and i wrote a piece about this yesterday, where i just don't think the president taking this courageous stand will do anything to his black supporters. >> let's all agree when we venture into this kind of area, we're doing a stern amount of risk. this isn't exactly science. richard wolf, 2008, florida voted for president obama 51-48 over mccain and on the very same ballot voted to ban same-sex marriage, 62% to 38%. but that candidate, president obama, senator obama, on that ballot, not a candidate in favor of same-sex marriage, which he now is. >> you know, actually if you take me back to 2004, there's quite a lot of research done. karl rove encouraged marriage initiatives to be done on a bunch of different state election ballots and they happened to be battleground states. people went back and looked at the turnout. it did increase turnout occurring among conservatives. there was no correlation. think if you are trying to be crudely political about this, you have to say it's mixed. there are regional differences here, and in a close election, it can make a marnl natural difference. you know, igs possible that both toure and jonathan are height here, in terms of the percentage win among african-americans, president obama will could just fine, but actually, on the margins of turnout among religious groups, religious latinos and religious african-americans, they may be inclined to stay at home. u.s. a marginal call. but in a marginal election it makes it all the more gutsy the presidents that taken this step. >> eight states where same-sex marriage is legal, and a whole bunch passed constitutional amendments against it. and only three states have absolutely no statute, no law on same-sex marriage. those states are new jersey, rhode island and new mexico. the only three that don't have anything, and so toure, a different dynamic here. the carl rove crowd cannot put one of these things on the ballot in one of those states they want to take away from the president, because they already did. >> right. right. you know, i want to back up for a second and say civil rights should never be on the ballot. you should never give the masses to vote for whether or not a certain group has the right to do something. quite often, the masses get it wrong. if we put suffrage on the ballot, a locality of people would vote to take that away. we should not allow people to vote up or down. that should not be part of what we do. >> jonathan capehart, would you say this works to the president's benefit? is there a loss to him here? i want to look at it and say is there some advantage to him here. we've seen an advantage in fund-raising. leaving fund-raising aside, do we see an electoral advantage for the president in this choice? >> electoral advantage in right now i can't answer that question affirmatively. we have to see down the road where independents are, in relation to the president now that he's made this decision. and, you know, the gay community has been with the president overwhelmingly, going back to richard's analysis in terms of the african-american community, on the march begins, quite a few gay and lesbian people upset with the president, who are not taking the public stand, today, you mentioned that the campaign has raised $1 million. i would be curious to know how much of that came from gay donors. one gay donor here in washington who -- you said he set up a fund-raising page on the obama website, and ended up raising based on just his one $500 contribution, $7,000. so i think you're going to have a reenergized gay community. i think it remains to be seen whether this will help the president with independents, very important in some of those swing states. >> let's listen to what john boehner said about this today. >> i've always believed that marriage was between a man and woman. all i know is that this is a very controversial issue in our country, but most people believe that marriage is -- is a union of a man and a woman. >> richard wolffe, how hard are the republicas going to go at the president on this? >> actually, most people don't believe in that position, so he's wrong on the facts. this is a useful thing. for a more energized democratic party, more energized base for democrats, it has an equal but opposite effect about energizing conservatives. they have huge problems in terms of not liking their nominee, but the difference between social and libertarian conservatism, and this energizes the anti obama vote, and that's not a great thing for this president. >> gentlemen, we have to move on. more guests to get in here. thank you, toure, jonathan capehart, and richard wolffe. >> coming up, mitt romney has deinvolved on marriage equality. hward fineman was in romney headquarters when the news boek. and fox nation, declares president obama has declared war on marriage, but then a fox host stood up and said the president is on the right side of history. i'll tell you who that fox news host is in tonight's rewrite. e . 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natural gas is the cleanest conventional fuel there is. we've got to be smart about this. it's a smart way to go. ♪ >>> i do not favor marriage between people of the same gender and i don't favor civil unions if they are identical to marriage other than by name. my view is domestic partnership benefits hospital visitation rights and the like are appropriate, but that the others are not. >> that was mitt romney answering a question he was asked several times today, where does he stand on marriage equality? like president obama, mitt romney has evolved during his 1994 senate campaign against ted kennedy, romney wrote a letter to the massachusetts log cabin republicans, saying a gay rights group, saying "i am more convinced than ever before that as we seek to establish full equal fooe for gays and lesbians, i had provide more effective leadership for the goals we share. we must make equal for gaze and lesbians a concern. my opponent cannot do this. i can and will. governor romney's goal of ensuring rights for gaze and lesbians took a hard turn after 2003 after the massachusetts supreme court legalized same-sex marriages. >> i disagree with the supreme judicial court of massachusetts. marriage is an institution between a man and a woman. i will support an amendment to the massachusetts constitution to make that expressly clear. >> today's announcement from president obama game one week after richard grinle, romney's openly gay foreign policy spokesperson, resigned his position, my ability to speak clearly and forcefully on the issues has been greatly diminished on the hyperpartisan discussion of personal issues that sometimes comes from a presidential campaign. now i am joined by a national political reporter by "the washington post." howard, you were at romney headquarters when news broke. what was reaction there? >> we there were to interview top staff of the campaign as we prepare for covering the fall election. this news came up, the interesting thing was the quietly pleased i would say but quite wary reaction to the people in the romney campaign. to simplify it, for every vote they might pick up for there a swing voter in north carolina because of the president's decision today, if mitt romney were suddenly to try to do some kind of imitation of the angel of traditional vengeance here, key lose votes in places like pennsylvania or new hampshire where he is looking for suburban voters that he doesn't want to needlessly antagonize. the romney campaign headquarters in new hampshire -- excuse me, in boston, i don't think ever issued an official statement of any kind, reaction. he did what he did on the road quite cautiously. called it a tender topic so forth, so on it will be left to others, not the campaign itself, not mitt romney who is sort of talking back at least stylistically toward aiming at suburban voters it will be left to the rush limbaughs and ralph reeds of the world to go ballistic over this. >> i'm struck by when i hear him say as he did in massachusetts when i hear him say, i agree with 3,000 years of recorded history. and he says marriage is an institution between a man and a woman. this is a man whose great grandfather thought marriage was an institution between a man and five women, as was legal when he began those marriages and so i'm starting to wonder if the soft response may have something to do with that issue that exists in romney's family's distant past, which "the washington post" has covered and detailed rather extensively, and because "the washington post" coverage and notice of that that might be involved in their muted response? >> well, that certainly one reason and maybe sort of a -- an underlying reason for his tone today, but i also think, you know, more broadly, it is about those independent swing voters in states like pennsylvania, states like michigan and ohio, states like virginia. states that he needs to win, and i talked to some log cabin republicans who were pleased in 1994 with that version of rid romney who was very open to equality and extending gay rights. they are very much looking for a tone from him. they were pleased with his tone. talked about the tenderness of this issue and working with other republicans to make sure this sort of respectful tone is what will remain. that there isn't this rush mock republicans to make this the kind of issue it was in 2004. >> i want to read what harry reid had to say about this. he found a tone somewhat different from the president's. harry reid, like mitt romney, a mormon. my personal belief is that marriage is between a man and a woman. but in civil society, i believe people should be able to marry whomever they want and it's no business of mine if two men or two women want to get married. the idea that allow two loving, committed people to marry will have any impact on my life or my family's life always struck me as absurd. howard, i'm noting a certain libertarian, ron paul note in there when he says it's no business of mine. >> well, it's -- it's also nevada, it's also western. you can call it libertarian if you want. i thought that was a pretty impressive statement from harry reid, who laid out his personal views and views about civil society. and i would say that while the country is divided on this, if you look at the polls, i think harry reid's statement probably would garner -- the way he framed it would probably garner pretty strong majority support in the country. the business about my belief versus civil society was pretty deftly done by him. >> that is the kind of statement we've heard in the past say from catholic politicians on issues involving abortion, roe versus wade. my personal belief is this, however, a civil society. is that civil -- president obama went far beyond that today and said, look, my personal belief is, in fact, this should be allowed. that's a very different statement. >> no, that is a very different statement. you heard him talk about hisuous is obviously a president who came into the presidency imagining himself alongside lincoln, fdr, and he was thinking about himself and the legacy he wants to be remembered for, and i could think this does. so much talk about the african-american vote. i think this does give african-american leaders and preachers, some sort of language to start to talk ab
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the president of the united states. >> david axelrod tweeted this "what vp said that all married couples should have exactly the same legal rights is precisely the position." >> jon: hash tag bieber just a refresm. he said it's the position because vp said hash tag gay marriage good lol. it's probably not as simple as vp and potus have same position. jay carney. >> let me be clear. the vice president said what the said about the protection of rights with citizens is consistent with the president's position on this issue. the president has spoken about this. the president is the right person to describe his own personal views. he, as you know said his views on this were evolving. >> jon: ah. [ laughter ] so with regards to gay marriage the vice president's new position is consistent with the president's position which has not changed and is also changing. [ laughter ] that's not a social policy that's a zen cone. mr. carney -- >> it is as it was, yes. [ laughter ] >> jon: it is as it was. [ laughter ] and what master is the sound of one man sweating? and why are they sweating phys
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May 9, 2012 10:00pm PDT
president of the united states today chose an interview with robin roberts to make news and to make history. >> over the course of several years as i talked to friends and family and neighbors, when i think about members of my own staff who are incredibly committed, monogamous relationships, same-sex relationships, raising kids together, when i think about those soldiers or airmen or marines or sailors who are out there fighting on my behalf, and yet feel constrainted, even now that don't ask, don't tell is gone, because they are not able to commit themselves in a marriage, at a certain point i just concluded that for me personally, it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that i think same-sex couples should be able to get married. >> white house officials are leaking a background story that sounds like the stuff of fiction and just may be. as the story goes, the president planned to announce his support for marriage equality sometime before the democratic national convention in september, but then vice president biden said this on "meet the press." >> i am absolutely comforta
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May 9, 2012 6:00pm PDT
think this is a huge positive step for them to say, okay, well the president of the united states thinks this is an important thing and he wanted to affirm it. then on top of that, if we ever have something go to the supreme court, i think it will be very important what the highest office holder in our land thinks about same-sex marriage as well as the polling, as well as how many states have legalized it. we like to pretend that the supreme court lives in a bubble but they do not. those justices live among us. >> woodruff: kerry eleveld, thank you very much. >> thank you. we get two views now on the president's announcement and its significance. evan wolfson is the president and founder of freedom to marry, a leading organization seeking to legalize same-sex marriage in states around the country. and the reverend harry jackson is senior pastor of hope christian church in beltsville, maryland, presiding bishop of the international communion of evangelical churches, and an outspoken opponent of gay marriage. reverend jackson, what does it mean to you what the president said? >> well, i be
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May 9, 2012 8:00pm EDT
scientific studies supported medical use of marijuana for treatment in the united states and no animal or human data supports the safety of marijuana for general medical use, end of quote. as required by the controlled substance act, the d.e.a. required a scientific and medical valuation and scheduling recommendation. and i quote, that marijuana, the stuff we are saying tonight -- anybody -- and you saw the "60-minute" piece, they come in, buy, they take. we are talking about doctors, the number of doctors ripping off people with objectiony continuin. the number of -- oxycotin. and go down to broward county in florida and go into the pain clinics. there are buses and planes coming down to buy it and doctors are writing prescriptions. so we are going to hide behind it? the number of doctors that ruin young people on oxycotin whereby they died, they died, the doctor says it's ok, but health and human services said, quote, marijuana has a high potential for abuse. has no accepted no medical use in the united states and lacks an acceptable level of safety. i think if this amendment passes and
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May 10, 2012 3:30pm EDT
speech in the united states, free press begins not at the very beginning when the first amendment is put in in the 18th century in the constitution, but in 1919. no supreme court case in the united states until 1919. and at that moment, three cases come to the supreme court. one of them involves a candidate for president of the united states. eugene debs, socialist party candidate. he gave a speech in ohio, he praised the people who resisted the draft. he's thrown in jail. the supreme court of the united states, in the first case they ever considered, oliver holmes write writing the opinion, say no free speech there. he goes to jail. while in jail he gets 1 million votes. the united states then develops over the next 70 years the most robust protection of free speech in the united states. but it doesn't always live up to it. so we have the mccarthy era and so on. we think that we have the best system. but now we're in a world where we have a global communications system, and censorship anywhere, like singapore, is censorship everywhere. it's not human rights for people in singapore a
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May 10, 2012 11:30am PDT
, and most of it is with pacific m countries, including the united states. man: chile has become one of the most rapidly growing economies in terms of its exports-- not onlyn terms of the range of of exports, exports, bualso iterms of the range of countries it exports to. it has become the most dynamic country in latin america terms of inrnational tr rror: rortwynne,coc geographr from the university of birmingham in england, has been studying the roots of chile's dramatic economic success and the effects of this rapid change on the chilean people. chilstrengthened its market economy and export programs the 1970s and '80s under a repressive military regime now as a democracy, its annual imports and exports were each around $18 billion by 2001. oe pos e ucts of primar economicctivities, meaning e harvest ofro or thec e for instance, chile produces one-fifth of the world's copper. this is a satellite image of the escondida mine. che extracts resources from an incredible range of natural environments. the barren ground cover surrounding the mine reveals one of the driest places on earth-
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May 9, 2012 11:00pm EDT
concentrate my remarks on the dual mandate. i believe that the dual mandate has served the united states well and that it would be a mistake to restrict the fed's policy actions to fostering stable prices alone. i'd like to make clear at the outset, mr. chairman, that i believe in a strong, independent central bank. without a strong, independent central bank, functioning to mitigate economic and financial instability, i believe the united states would have a weaker, far more chaotic economy and lose its leadership position in the global economy. the objective of economic policy, including monetary policy, should be a rising standard of living for most people over the long run. controlling inflation is a crucial element of the larger objective because high and especially rising inflation is a serious threat to sustained growth. i believe the dual mandate is simply a reflection of what average citizens ought to expect their central bank to do. let the economy create as many jobs as possible but don't let inflation interfere with that job growth. economists translate that common sense exhortatio
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May 10, 2012 10:30am EDT
governor romney, the next president of the united states, from the great state of oklahoma. >> thank you, governor. [ applause ] >> governor romney, i'm sure you have heard that you are now in the reddest state in the nation. >> congratulations. >> senator john mccain when he ran for president in 2008 carried every single county in the state of oklahoma. so i'm promising that i'm going to do all i can to help you carry every county, every 77 county in the state of oklahoma to help you in your race for the president of the united states. in oklahoma is a great state, we're a very conservative state, governor. we are people who believe in the power of the individual, we believe in economic freedom, we don't believe that government solves all of our problems. and i know governor romney that you believe in the same thing, and that is why i am here today to lend my full endorsement and support of governor mitt romney for president of the united states. >> thank you so much. [ applause ] >> i'm going to do everything i can to help governor romney and his campaign. i know governor romney, t
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May 10, 2012 2:30pm EDT
plan attacks on the united states, and with regards to our, you know, our efforts and our operations, we have been very successful at going after the leadership, and those that are directly involved with regards to trying to make those kinds of plans. and i think -- i think the fact that, you know, we continue to be successful with regards to these kinds of threats is an indication of the effectiveness of the operations that we have there. there is a -- a larger tribal operation called aga pch gchled operation called aga pch gchle yemenese are dealing with them. i will say that they do represent a threat in yemen and the yemenese are the ones that are pursuing the, that tribe, the aqap, and trying to make efforts to reduce their influence as well, but you know, they are a threat. no one in anyway under estimates the fact that all of them represent a concern for the united states in terms of our national security, but i do believe that we are making effective progress at going after those specific targets that represent real threats to the united states. >> my apologies. can you clari
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May 10, 2012 4:00pm EDT
, multiple voices. and in fact, that's what we've had in the united states for the last half century. we had broadcasting, which was regulated. and we had the print media, which was free. and public broadcasting. >> take a question. here's a mike. you want to come "daily show." >> two quick points and then a question. i'm an editor at politico. we don't publish rumors. i'd like to just point out to our distinguished ivy league president that another ivy league president, rick levin of yale, is devoting a lot of time to changing the culture in singapore by partnering with the national university there and trying to instill our values in that culture. so my question is this. if you were sitting around yesterday and you had the choice as anyone in washington did of watching an exciting game between the red sox and the orioles or watching the new president-elect of france give his speech, which you could watch on france 24, which would you do? >> is that directed to -- professor -- to president -- >> i didn't know the game was on. so i watched the president of france. [ inaudible ] >> -- i'm not
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May 10, 2012 5:00pm EDT
reauthorize the export-import bank of the united states be adopted, there be no amendments, motions or points of order to the bill other than budget points of order and applicable motions to waive. that there be an hour of debate equally divided between the two leaders or their designees prior to a vote on passage of the bill. the presiding officer: is there objection? mr. kyl: mr. president, reserving the right to object. i would ask the majority leader to modify his request to accommodate a few amendments. therefore, i ask consent that the request be modified to allow the following amendments -- corker, number 2102, financing for transaction subsidized by export credit agencies. vitter, 2103, prohibitions on funds used for energy development outside of the u.s. toomey 2104, $40 billion increase contingency. lee number 2100 phaseout. and paul 2101, limitation on ex-im support. and i further ask consent that following the disposition of the listed amendments, the bill be read three times and the senate proceed to vote on the passage of the bill with a 60-vote threshold. before the chair rules
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May 10, 2012 1:00am EDT
united states of america? >> we did not believe so. you are referring no doubt -- >> there was an arrest. >> i think it's fair to say that plot had been thwarted at the time. >> let me move quickly to fast and furious. have you ever spoken with attorney general holder or secretary napolitano about the fast and furious case? >> i have to think -- certainly not secretary napolitano. unless you are talking about the killing of brian terry. if that's part of the question, then, yes, because we are conducting that investigation both the concern about how that investigation is going and to get periodic updates. with regard to the wider fast and furious examination, i don't believe i have. >> the attorney -- >> i have talked to the department of justice. i do not recall having particular discussion with the attorney general. >> the attorney general's office has called fast and furious itself, even though they ran it, operated it, quote and quote fundamentally flawed. there are literally close to 2,000 weapons that have been released. other than the two guns that were found at the scene, have yo
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May 10, 2012 3:00pm EDT
spokesman for the president of the united states. >>randy: so glad you brought that up, because the truth if that testimony, all that elizabeth edwards knew was essentially a one night stand, that is what she was so angry about. no proof that she knew of a pregnancy, that this was a long-term affair, so, therefore, her testimony in reality did not hurt john edwards at all. what i found compelling the way the government chose to end the case, is by showing, (a), allowing the proof shown that not one check went to the campaign. this is a case about campaign contribution. they have not proven that. but more important, for john edwards to be portrayed as someone would not he still had a political career says i didn't think i did anything wrong. >>arthur: he is so full of himself and so deceiving himself he thought he would be a supreme court justice? having a love child in the middle of a presidential campaign. no one would allow that. if you read the book "game change," to the end the night of the iowa caucus they call obama's campaign, i will step aside and be vice president. then hil
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May 9, 2012 10:00pm EDT
it personally. he didn't say as president of the united states, personally. he saided that each state should make up its own decision which is a conservative view point states rights and the whole federalism. apparently process wise. >> that was a little twist i thought in the argument. he said one of the reasons he decided to come out hike this is because mitt romney called for a federal constitutional amendment saying at the federal level the constitution should ban gay marriage and he thinks it should be state bistate. as president that is not something that is likely to come to his desk. on the issue of gay marriage he is comfortable with it and think is states over time as the public opinion evolves will evolve with him. >> he won north carolina by half a percentage point last night. this year the democratic convention in north carolina and then you have last night's vote on the gay marriage constitutional amendment to the state constitution. what is the conventional wisdom of what this means for north carolina for this president? >> a couple of democrats felt like, north carolin
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May 10, 2012 12:00am EDT
personally is getting more anti-gay over time. when he ran for the united states senate in 1994, this is him on the cover of the boston gay magazine, gay newspaper, sorry. when he ran for senate, he famously promised that he would run to the left of ted kennedy on gay rights issue. he said he would make equality for gays and lesbians a mainstream concern. now that he's further along in his career and the de facto republican nominee for president, not only is he not trying to mainstream gay and lesbian equality, he is actively working against it. he's promising to fight it. he's pledging to pursue an amendment to the united states constitution to ban marriage rights for same-sex couples. to impose that ban federally, no matter what individual states want. when the romney campaign appointed an openly gay spokesman recently, he was hounded out of the job on the basis of the fact that he was gay. >> personnel is policy. when governor romney picked somebody who's an active homosexual and puts him in a prominent position, he's sending a shout-out to the lobby. >> when attacks on that spokesman
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May 10, 2012 1:00pm EDT
food on the table for the 46 million people who are going hungry right here in the united states. vote no on this. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman's time has expired. the gentleman from wisconsin continues to reserve. the gentleman from maryland. mr. van hollen: thank you, mr. speaker. may i inquire as to how much time remains? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from maryland has three minutes remaining. the gentleman from wisconsin has seven. mr. van hollen: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself two minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized for two minutes. mr. van hollen: thank you, mr. speaker. as we said at the beginning there's no disagreement over the fact that we need to have a plan to reduce our deficit. the question has been how? and there's no dispute about whether we need to replace the sequester, the meat axe cuts that will take place automatically january 1. again the question is how? and the republican approach once again asks nothing of people who are doing so well in this country, people making over $1 million a year, and because they ask
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May 10, 2012 6:30pm EDT
reach a negotiated settlement. the united states is not seeking and has never sought monetary damages or attorneys fees in connection with our case and although title vi authorizes the internal funding that they receive from the department of justice. we sought and continue to seek to accomplish one important goal, to fix the problems identified in our investigation and to ensure that the necessary policies, practices and oversight are in place so that mcso and sheriff arpio comply with the constitution and laws of the united states and as a result the county become safer and better. we traveled to phoenix in early february and met with lawyers for mcso and sheriff arpio and roy austin who leads the team to my left was there, sergio perez, also a member of the team and to my right has been very involved in these efforts. we met with attorneys for the county and the sheriff and we met with them and we discussed the parameters of a potential settlement. we made it clear orally and in writing a settlement would require an independent monitor. later that month we gave mcso a 128 p
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May 9, 2012 7:30pm PDT
have grown up in the united states, this is very hard for us to realize- it's not something that's necessarily been challenged- but there, it's such a link. and we see people, you know, that form an identity around nationalism. now you see, maybe that's a very powerful way that people create identity and relationship. you see what's going on in the united states in the militia movement that we talked about and some of these patriot movements, in which their focus is the evil united states government taking our land away- this is our land, it's our constitution. so these ideas about land and religion are very, very volatile. i'm certainly not prepared. i mean, that's why i'm glad we have a robert moore, who's obviously well-funded, who started an institute at a prestigious place like the university of chicago to head up the parade, because i think someone needs to head up the parade. how you, you know, disarm the kinds of intensity about land we see in kashmir between the pakistanis and the indians- how do we disarm that? you know, we saw what happened in the serbian area- these are
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May 10, 2012 9:00am EDT
the united states. minnesota will do so this november. also on election day you have got maryland, washington that will vote on same-sex marriage. it's something that will be on a lot of ballots as we head forward. bill: got a fox news alert. massive explosions rocking damascus, syria. the assad regime claiming an attack killed 55, wounding 400. the force of the blast creating compounds leaving massive craters. if the reports are true it's the deadliest attack in the capital since the uprising began. it's getting worse in syria. a difficult place to get information, though. martha: we have a lot of stories and those are a few of them coming up in america's newsroom on a thursday. an entire school, every single student was sent home for the day, and not for bad behavior. bill: new questions about voting and possible voter fraud in a critical battleground states. could hundreds or thousands of non-citizens be registered to cast a ballot? martha: serious concerns about the latest terror threat. why al qaeda may be looking to place bombs in household pets. >> i don't think those leaks
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May 10, 2012 9:00am EDT
a little bit about syria but right now the united states and other countries are not really covering the drone strikes in pakistan because the military has just said we're not allowing access there on the u.s. side and the pakistani side. i think viewers are sometimes -- well, the less sophisticated news junkie might not be aware of the fact that the information they're reading on yahoo! news has not been first hand reported because somebody's ry. the editor is happy and cnn is happy because they feel like they're reporting it but i feel like there's this disconnect coming and it's in newsrooms and it's -- from what i believe, i becoming increasingly more difficult for news organizations to cover war zones. we saw it in the gaza strip but because it's proliferation of technology and we are kind of still able to get information from these war zones, we kind of still feel like we're doing our job but the trends are there that if journalists unite and push back and say we want access and we don't think it okay that you're refusing to left journalists in, these things are just going to b
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May 10, 2012 6:00pm EDT
states. he hates what the united states kolter has brought to the world. >> we are letting the hatred is learning the citizen learn new ways to take down a plane. even more gruesome, surgically hiding them in pets. >> a range of things that makes them so competent as a bomb maker. he is clearly very innovative. he has a skill to put together these types of bonds. he is very close to the leader of al qaeda. >> his methods are becoming more sophisticated and problematic. that has them preparing for the likelihood of additional strikes coming from al qaeda. >> we want to make sure he does not have the opportunity to build any device whatsoever or impart his knowledge to anyone else who wants to build these devices. >> just last night, five militants were killed in a drone strike in yemen. today he remains at large. >> out a virginia community is preparing to say farewell to a community school that was damaged during an earthquake. >> sunny skies to wrap up the work week. >> there is a huge celebration at redskins park. >> you are watching abc 7 news at 6:00 on your side. >> the number of
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turn it over to our mayor. the garden is the oldest japanese american garden in the united states. it is a historical japanese- style garden, originally billed as a village for the 1894 midwinter international exposition. after the exposition, a japanese-american partner along with john mclaren converted the exhibition into a permanent park. he over saw the building as the teagarden and was the official caretaker from -- until 1925. he requested the people of japan 1000 flooring cherry trees to be imported and other plants and birds and goldfish. his family lived in the garden until 1942. when under executive order 906, he was forced to relocate to an internment camp with thousands of other japanese american families. this barden was renamed the oriental tea garden and it fell into a state of disrepair. in the 1950's, we had moved forward and the rec and park renamed it the japanese tea garden. the first concessionaire was jack -- who many here had the incredible opportunity to honor. and we're very incredibly pleased to be planning -- planting a cherry tree from the consul general. t
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May 9, 2012 11:00pm EDT
quality products here in the united states, and therefore, it makes it harder for our defense and our intelligence community to get access. i will urge members to support this. >> gentleman withdraws the amendment. >> i will hold off because i think mr. -- i think he would like to make a comment. >> i withdraw. >> it has been with john. >> mr. chairman, that's. >> the chairman is recognized. >> we depend on the expertise of a satellite to mutations in the street to give our intelligence professionals the most innovative technology available for better, faster and cheaper solutions to protect our national security. one of our country's military and intelligence dominance, one of the reasons is that effective partnership we have between business sector and the government. because of current export control in place over satellites and satellite parts come in this industry has been declined. in 1999 when i-tar was passed by congress and satellites were moved to the missions list, we held 62% of the world satellite infection. two years later, he became 40% in two years they became 30%. thi
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May 10, 2012 12:30pm EDT
optimistic about the future of indiana, and the united states of america. the news media and political leaders spend a great deal of time talking about what is broken in our country. and to some delay is the nature of their business. but we should also have confidence that the unique american experiment is alive and well, and our political system still can work. >> tuesday night, longtime indiana republican senator richard lugar lost to primary challenger richard mourdock. look back at his career including work in the '90s with senator sam nunn on a nuclear disarmament program in the former soviet union. all online, archived and searchable at the c-span video library. >>> defense secretary leon panetta and the chair of the joint chief of staffs martin dempsey will be briefing reporters at the pentagon today. scheduled for 2:00 p.m. eastern. live right here on c-span3. you'll hear it on c-span radio. and a little later in the day here on c-span3, a conversation on u.s./russia relations. president obama is hosting a g-8 summit at camp david next week and russia's newly sworn in president
CBS
May 9, 2012 11:00pm EDT
. ♪ >>> marriage momentum the president of the united states throws his support behind same- sex marriage. >>> as maryland pushes to keep it out of the state. what this could mean for voters come november. >>> hello everybody i'm denise koch. >> and i'm vic carter, here's what people are talking about tonight. >> president obama takes a stern stand on same-sex marriage. maryland has a petition to put the marriage equality law on the ballot. >> reporter: after years of saying his stance on same-sex marriage was evolving, president obama becomes the first president in history to come out for same-sex marriage. >> it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that same-sex couples should be able to get married. >> reporter: it comes days after north carolina votes to make marriage between a man and a woman. those against it tell wjz they are now close enough to getting the signatures they need to put the issue on the november ballot. >> for the thousands of voting citizens that are writing their names on these petitions we don't plan on losing. >> reporter: mccoy with the marriage alliance dismisses
CSPAN
May 10, 2012 1:30pm EDT
me to fight alongside members of the united states armed forces. their professionalism and dedication to the values that we share and hold dear are inspirational. i would personally like to congratulate marine sergeant major brian battaglia, i hope i say that right, who is to receive an award tonight recognizing the united states armed forces contribution to the defense of freedom. using our fortunate position william and i have sought to raise awareness of the challenges confronting our wounded to help mobilize support and resources for them. we have tried to do what we can to ensure that sefs men and women and their families leave the military with purpose, with hope and with confidence. whether in their working environments or in the wider community, these fine people, examples to invaluable contribution to make. last year, i struggled to keep up with four british soldiers who i joined for part of their expedition to walk to the north pole. each of these men had been gravely wounded on the battlefields of afghanistan. theirs was the fastest team to reach the pole that se
NBC
May 10, 2012 11:00am PDT
like richmond. b.a.r.t.'s 40-year-old rail cars are some of the oldest in the united states. no u.s. company bid on this at all. the new cars, b.a.r.t. said, bombardier met a number of factors that they were looking for. but many this morning said the deal really needs a second look. >> we're trying to get b.a.r.t. to basically not rebid this contract, but basically put it back to the two best bidders they have and have them retool their bids and try to come back and try to get the best deal that they can on the table. >> they also scored the highest in terms of the technical aspects and they could put americans to work sooner rather than later because they do have facilities here in the united states. >> reporter: now, b.a.r.t.'s so-called fleet of the future is made up of 775 new rail cars. every one of them to be assembled in the united states. so b.a.r.t. can go three ways today. they could accept the canadian company's bid, reject it or start the process all over again which would delay everything about 18 months. reporting live in oakland, christie smith, nbc bay area news. >>
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